Woodchuck Hard Cider

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Woodchuck Hard Cider is a brand of hard cider produced by the Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC in Middlebury, Vermont.[1][2] In 2011 it was the top-selling hard cider in the United States,[3] with approximately 47% of the hard cider market there.[4] On October 23, 2012, Woodchuck Hard Cider was purchased by Irish beverage company C&C Group for $305 million.[5] Woodchuck was originally started at The Joseph Cerniglia Winery, Cavendish, VT, in 1991[6] by Joe Cerniglia and Barry Blake, along with wine maker Greg Failing. It is one of the best-selling cider brands in the United States.[7]


Autumn themed variant.

All Woodchuck ciders are naturally gluten-free because the product is made from apples only, without any grains.[8] The company sells several types of cider under the Woodchuck name, including core flavors, limited releases, and private reserve styles.

Core styles[edit]

  • Amber – American Commercial Hard Cider
  • Granny Smith – Hard cider with Granny Smith flavoring added
  • Pear – Hard cider with pear flavoring added
  • Raspberry – Hard cider with raspberry flavoring added
  • Hopsation – Hard cider made with cascade hops[9]
  • Gumption – combines juice of common eating apples with dry cider apples

Limited releases[edit]

Woodchuck has seasonal cider varieties which are released according to time of year:

  • Summer – more tart than Amber cider, with blueberry juice added[10]
  • Fall – flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, and white oak
  • Winter – a combination of "Premium French" and "Traditional American Oak"[11]
  • Spring - contains notes of maple syrup and brown sugar.[12] In August 2014, Woodchuck's Twitter feed said that this flavor had been discontinued but might return in the future.[13]

Private reserves[edit]

  • In the fall of 2010, the company started to produce a limited run of pumpkin hard cider each year, which they claim as the world's first pumpkin cider.[14]
  • Barrel Select private reserve is hard cider that combines the taste of cider with the taste of Kentucky bourbon.[15]
  • Woodchuck Belgian White was introduced in 2012 as a cider that uses Belgian beer yeast.[16]


  1. ^ Flowers, John (21 November 2011). "Cider company plans big expansion". Addison County Independent. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  2. ^ Nason, Adam (5 August 2011). "Green Mountain Beverage unveils new company name". beernews.org. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  3. ^ Becker, Maki (27 August 2011). "Mayer Bros. hard cider soured by lawsuit". Buffalo News. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  4. ^ Schultz, E.J. (28 November 2011). "Cider Seen as Next 'Craft' Brew as Sales Climb 25% This Year". Advertising Age. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  5. ^ Scott, Mark (23 October 2012). "Owner of Woodchuck Cider Approves Sale to Irish Rival". Dealbook. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Woodchuck Hard Cider takes on the big guns". USA Today. July 23, 2015. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  7. ^ Narula, Svati Kirsten (September 23, 2014). "The fastest-growing alcoholic beverage in the US isn't a beer, wine, or spirit". Quartz. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  8. ^ Russell, Annie (November 16, 2014). "Cider Week Highlights Rapid Growth Of Vermont's Hard Cideries". Vermont Public Radio. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  9. ^ "Woodchuck Crisp gets its own 6-pack" (Press release). beerpulse.com. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  10. ^ "Woodchuck Limited Edition Summer Cider" (Press release). worldclassbeer.com. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  11. ^ "Limited Releases". woodchuck.com. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  12. ^ Woodchuck Spring Cider
  13. ^ Woodchuck Cider on Twitter: "@Kenc05 Yes, we are making way for many new ciders to come. It doesn't mean that they won't return in the future."
  14. ^ "Woodchuck Hard Cider Unveils First EVER Pumpkin Cider" (Press release). PRLog. 7 September 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  15. ^ "Private Reserves". woodchuck.com. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  16. ^ "Woodchuck Cider Announces Belgian White, a Private Reserve Cider" (Press release). brewhound.com. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.

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